Published Dec 17, 2018Orange Is the New Black actress Yael Stone has accused Geoffrey Rush of sexual misconduct.
In an interview with the New York Times, she alleged that Rush behaved inappropriately during the time they starred in The Diary of a Madman in 2010. At the time she was 25, and he was 59.
Stone said that Rush would dance naked in their shared dressing room, used a mirror to watch her in the shower and sent her sexually explicit texts. She admitted that she "enthusiastically and willingly" responded to the texts.
"I'm embarrassed by the ways I participated," she told the Times. "I certainly wouldn't engage as the person I am now in the way I did when I was 25."
Stone also said that she was trying to navigate "uncomfortable moments" in a way that would not offend her elder male co-star.
Rush responded to the allegations, saying that they are "incorrect" and have been "taken completely out of context."
"However, clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work," Rush said in a statement. "I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress. This, most certainly, has never been my intention."
Rush is currently awaiting the verdict of a defamation case against the Daily Telegraph for reporting a female co-star's allegations from a 2015 Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear.
Eryn Jean Norvill accused Rush of sexual misconduct, claiming that he had touched her inappropriately and without consent, and repeatedly made sexual innuendos. The allegations were published on the Telegraph's front page, under the headline, "King Leer."
Rush has denied those allegations, as well.